Most dogs fear going to the vet’s office. The strange smells at the clinic, bright lights, new people, other animals, and even the drive cause anxiety.
The Vets was created to eliminate that stress and instead bring pet health care to your home.
The company offers convenience to pet parents by providing annual wellness exams, vaccines, sick care, lab tests, microchips, ultrasounds, health travel certificates, and more, all in the comfort of your home.
“I have a senior dog with mobility issues and having a vet come to our house is a great option,” says client Gaby Perez. “Easy scheduling, great communication, and care. I highly recommend them.”
Vet visits stress dogs
Taking your dog to the vet clinic can be stressful for pet parents, too. And if you’re nervous or frightened, your dog will pick up on those emotions and may mirror them.
Studies show dogs mimic anxious or neurotic owners. One study even indicates dogs recognize human habits like pacing, nail-biting, and changes in body odor that correspond with feelings of depression or anxiety.
When dogs experience stress, their hearts race, and they pant and shed excessively. A dog’s response to stress during an examination can hamper the vet’s ability to assess your dog’s health.
Scared dogs become more challenging to examine. And frightened dogs can even become aggressive and attempt to bite.
During an appointment at a vet clinic, dogs are often taken from their owners for tests or procedures. The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College study shows that separating dogs from their owners at the vet clinic increases stress for pets. When clinic staff removes dogs from their owners for tests or procedures, the animals show more anxiety and fear than dogs who stay with their owners.
In contrast, having a vet come to your home lets your dog feel comfortable and confident.
“LOVE The Vets! There is zero stress for my dog and myself, and it’s super convenient,” says Lisa M.
“The vet is thorough and takes her time to talk through the evaluation and available options for treatment. I won’t go back to our old vet; The Vets has been an amazing experience for both my dog and myself.”
Kat Machin agrees. “I like that they were able to come to my house and treat my dog at a comfortable environment for him. I highly recommend them and would use them again in the event of any vet need.”
Convenient, affordable service
The Vets treat dogs and cats but will try to assist if you have another pet that needs help. Appointment times for home visits vary by location but typically are offered from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Pet health care specialists also are available to provide advice by phone or email from 8 a.m. to midnight EST Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on weekends.
That flexibility means you can schedule care for your pet at a convenient time for your schedule, rather than disrupting your day to travel to a vet clinic.
The Vets pricing is comparable to a traditional vet’s office. Weekday home visits are $75 regardless of how many pets they examine. Weekend appointments are $95.
The Vets offers a nose-to-tail exam for $80 per pet and provides options and recommendations for next steps and diagnostics.
The service does not provide emergency care and recommends pet parents take an injured dog to a clinic or pet hospital.
High-tech health care
With over 23 million households adopting a pet in the past year, there’s more demand than ever for the services The Vets provide.
The company plans to provide mobile veterinary services to half the nation by the end of 2022 and eventually expand its services to all 50 states.
Since launching in 2021, The Vets:
- Treated an average of 1,000 pets per month
- Reduced industry-average wait time for a vet appointment from 21 days to six days
- Completed more than 17,000 appointments
- Hired more than 100 veterinary professionals, 85% of whom are female.
The company prides itself on creating a positive work environment for its veterinarians. They work no more than four days per week, so they have time off to reset.
Skip the waiting room. Bring The Vets to your home
Getting health care for your dog doesn’t have to be difficult and stressful. Rather than wrestle your dog into the car and struggle to control him at the vet’s clinic, opt instead to get the care you need in the comfort of your own home.
Hire a professional who can take care of your pet when it’s convenient for you and know your dog can get health care at home where he feels safe and confident.
Sara B. Hansen has spent 20-plus years as a professional editor and writer. She’s also the author of The Complete Guide to Cocker Spaniels. She decided to create her dream job by launching Dog’s Best Life in 2011. Sara grew up with family dogs, and since she bought her first house, she’s had a furry companion or two to help make it a home. She shares her heart and home with Nutmeg, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Her previous dogs: Sydney (September 2008-April 2020), Finley (November 1993-January 2008), and Browning (May 1993-November 2007). You can reach Sara @ [email protected].